Project TEKTITE 1: A Multiagency 60-Day Saturated Dive Conducted by the United States Navy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of the Interior, and the General Electric Company
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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Project Tektite 1, under the overall cognizance and management of the Chief of Naval Research, involved the Departments of the Navy and Interior, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the General Electric Company, and other government, industry, and academic organizations. An ocean floor habitat at a 49-foot depth and the supporting facilities were established and evaluated for 60 days at a carefully selected, isolated site in the Virgin Islands from February 15 to April 15, 1969. Four marine scientists lived in and worked out of the habitat for the 60-day period, during which their research emphasized marine biology and geology. This was twice as long as men had previously lived under saturated diving conditions and the only such experiment to use a controlled nitrogenoxygen atmosphere with a normal 0.2-atmosphere oxygen partial pressure. Through continual television and auditory monitoring, medical doctors, psychologists, and diving engineers studied the aquanauts biomedical responses to the 60-day saturation dive and their behavioral and other psychological responses to each other, to their work, and to their isolated, hostile environment.
- Stress Physiology
- Marine Engineering
- Life Support Systems